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Nikephoros Anzas, symponos (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1006
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1082; Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 113; Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 195.

Obverse

Mother of God, full-length, turning right toward the Hand of God, which appears from the heavens. Traces of an inscription: ῾Ἡ Ἁγιοσορίτισσα. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΑΝΑΝ
ΣκεΠΟΙΣ
ΜΕΣΥΜΠΟ
ΝΟΝΝΙΚΗ
ΦΟΡΟΝ

Ἀνζᾶν σκέποις μσύμπονον Νικηφόρον

Translation

Ἀνζᾶν σκέποις μὲ σύμπονον Νικηφόρον.

Watch over me, Nikephoros Anzas, symponos.

Commentary

There are extant at least two types of seals referring to this Nikephoros, both dated to the third quarter of the eleventh century. The first, known from a seal in the Fogg Collection (BZS.1951.31.5.1155) and one in Vienna (Vienna Coin Cabinet, no. 101; A. Mordtmann Collection; Schlumberger, Sigillographie, 156 [“Petrion,” no. 1; cf. p. 618, no. 3] and Wassiliou and Seibt, Österreich 2: no. 76; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1081), lists Nikephoros as patrikios, protonotarios of the Petrion, and symponos. The second type likely belongs to the same Nikephoros, though it dates to later in his career, when he has the higher rank of vestes. It is known from a single seal in the Fogg Collection (BZS.1951.31.5.1320). Although the specific way in which the Virgin is represented varies between the two types, this does not bar us from assigning them to the same person.

A more problematic situation arises in the attribution of the present type, a metrical seal dating from the second half of the eleventh century and preserved in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. On this seal, Nikephoros Anzas appears with the office of symponos, but without a title. We place it here, but note that this could represent a different, somewhat younger person. It is possible that he could be the same as a late-eleventh-century specimen belonging to Nikephoros Anzas, vestes (BZS.1951.31.5.370).



Accession number BZS.1947.2.1006
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1082; Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 113; Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 195.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1006
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1082; Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 113; Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 195.